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Estimator

Company: Freese and Nichols
Location: Austin
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Job Description:

Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a professional consulting firm serving clients across the Southwest and Southeast United States. With sustainability in mind, Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects. It is the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and Fortune Magazine's Top 100 Best Medium Workplaces- No. 19. For more information about Freese and Nichols, visit www.freese.com------

Primary Responsibilities:

Freese and Nichols is looking for a Cost Estimator in our Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, or Houston, Texas office. This individual will provide construction cost estimating on assigned projects and in support of FNI Project Managers and other staff as needed. Oversee and coordinate FNI staff assigned as direct reports and/or as support staff from other Groups assisting in cost estimate development. Provide cost estimates at planning level through final design, accurate to within a reasonable amount of the actual project construction cost with a goal of 5-10% above actual cost. Meet Individual Development Program goals.

--- Assist FNI design staff, project managers, program managers, and construction managers by leading project construction cost estimating efforts and assisting in controlling construction project budgets during planning, conceptual, preliminary, and final design. Notify project manager or designer of possible cost overruns and suggest possible areas of construction project scope reduction to minimize or eliminate those overruns. Participate in discussions with designers and suppliers to determine major material and equipment prices to be used on the project. Lead the preparation of cost estimate documents incorporating input from these discussions.

--- Provide recommendations for new or updated cost estimating software to the Group Manager. Maintain cost estimating library and cost database, and update software packages as required. Maintain and manage cost estimating database utilizing services available from various sources in the construction market place. Maintain construction cost trends utilizing published data available from various sources such as ENR and CCI.

--- Travel to other FNI offices as required to provide educational brown bags. Travel to other FNI offices and to client locations to meet with FNI staff and/or clients regarding cost estimate issues. Travel frequency and duration of stays will vary but will average 1-2 trips per month and will require a stay of 1-2 days per trip.

--- Work occasional, straight-time paid, overtime (including weekends) to meet cost estimate deadlines when necessary.

Qualifications:

--- Minimum Experience: 5-7 years of construction cost estimating with specific focus on water infrastructure including water/wastewater treatment facilities, pump and lift stations, pipelines (all materials and diameters), storage tanks, earthwork, and concrete. Experience with transportation infrastructure and vertical infrastructure also desired. Experience with cost estimating for building construction (federal/military construction, higher education, or commercial projects) will also be considered.

--- Associates degree in engineering, architecture, building construction, construction management, or equivalent practical experience. Other cost estimating related training and certifications are desired.

--- Experienced with and capable of effectively using computer software for word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and estimating. Experience with estimating software solutions in the construction industry including systems developed and used by governmental entities (PACES, M-II, etc.) is desired.

--- Experienced with performing detailed quantity take-offs from engineering and architectural drawings and specifications.

--- Must be able to effectively and accurately provide master planning and conceptual design level cost estimates utilizing parametric and other"order of magnitude" and general"rule of thumb" estimating methods. Able to understand design concepts with minimal level of schematic design drawings available.

--- Understands basic public sector (municipalities, water districts, river authorities, transportation agencies, counties, educational organizations, federal government, etc.) construction methodologies as well as procurement and budget procedures.

--- Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.

--- Possess those soft skills necessary to work as an effective project team member in a professional and respectful manner with the understanding that cost estimating is a service being provided to both internal and external clients.

--- Certified Professional Estimator (CEP) certification through ASPE or Cost Estimating Professional (CEP) certification through AACE is desired.

--- The job will require the ability to climb ladders, lift light loads up to 25lbs

Freese and Nichols is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, cal laws.------ or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

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